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AccountantsWorld — After-The-Fact Payroll 2005

From the October 2005 Review of W-2/1099

After-the-Fact Payroll (AFP) from AccountantsWorld provides users with the
ability to prepare annual Form(s) W-2 and 1099. AFP is available as a stand-alone
program or as part of the Accountants Office Suite of products. AFP supports
Forms 1099-MISC, 1099-R, 1099-B, 1099-DIV, 1099-INT, 1099-S, 1098, 1096, W-2,
W-3, plus all quarterly federal forms 940, 941 and 943. The program supports
paper and electronic filing; it will print paper copies of all returns and,
likewise, will also produce the SSA Magnetic Media file and create the electronic
file for 1099s. AFP also provides quarterly state support for unemployment and
withholding taxes, as add-on modules, for CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, MI, NC, NJ,
NY, OH, PA, TX and VA. The After-the-Fact Payroll federal W2/1099 with payroll
compliance forms, including magnetic media and electronic filing, fully integrated
with Accountant’s Relief costs $195. After-the-Fact Payroll (states) for
the states listed above costs $125 per state.

Usability/Navigation — 4 Stars
AFP can produce W-2s and 1099s in typewriter mode or through the AFP system,
where individual payroll checks are entered in the payroll register. Should
the user choose to enter data via the payroll register, compiled payroll data
is linked to forms, which speeds processing. Users can enter data onto form
replicas or by entering data into a non-forms-based record. The system uses
easy-to-understand color-coding to note various fields, with highlighting of
active fields. Navigation between fields is via the Tab or Enter keys. AFP automatically
calculates FICA withholding for W-2s and allows for overriding of calculated
amounts. After setting up a client, data entry is geared toward the payroll
application, with data for employees entered in different steps. Basic recipient/employee
information is entered first, followed by financial data such as wages, payments
and withholding. Data transfers automatically to summary forms. Right-click
menus and other advanced Windows functions aid AFP users.

Reporting & Import/Export Capabilities — 4 Stars
AFP integrates with AccountantsWorld programs and, additionally, can import
data from any spreadsheet or database application that can save data in comma-separated
value (*.CSV) format. Users may also use a text editor to create the *.CSV file.
Many accounting programs can export information in this format so that the timewasting
task of re-keying data is avoided. AFP data can produce summary reports for
unemployment, vendor data and employee earnings per client, a complete payroll
register and state reports. The system supports Windows-based printers and offers
users the ability to print mailing labels.

Support For Paperless Transmission — 4.5 Stars
AFP Payroll can be used to file W-2s and 1099s magnetically or electronically
to the appropriate agency.

Help/Training — 4 Stars
AFP offers context-sensitive help, index-based help and additional Help features
like right-click menus that provide shortcuts to program routines. AFP includes
FAQs, *.PDF versions of IRS form instructions, a user’s manual, an Internet
help center via the company’s web site, plus e-mail and phone-based support
at no additional cost. The program supports automatic updates via the Web.

2005 Overall Rating — 4 Stars